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'It's Time to End This Forever War'

President Biden says forces to leave Afghanistan by 9/11/21

The United States will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Biden announced Wednesday, turning the page on a conflict that has cost trillions of dollars and the lives of more than 2,300 American troops.

"We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021," Biden said. "We were attacked, we went to war with clear goals," he added. "We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead and al Qaida is degraded in Afghanistan, and it's time to end this forever war.''

Speaking from the Treaty Room of the White House — where former President George W. Bush first informed the nation of U.S. strikes on al Qaida training camps in Afghanistan in October 2001 — Biden sought to make the argument that a continued military strategy was no longer sustainable.

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